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HP Tarot - 5 The Hierophant

By Ellygator
(2008) 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" Pencil on Paper. Processed and framed in Photoshop.

So far this is my personal favorite card of the Major Arcana, not so much because I have a particular affinity for the Hierophant, but because I am really, really pleased about how well my Dumbledore turned out with his gorgeous owl.

The composition is actually fairly close to the traditional image of the hierophant, who is generally depicted as an older man (often in priest-like garments, because in very old decks he is actually the Pope) who is blessing or instructing smaller figures arranged in front of him.

To use Dumbledore for this card was a no-brainer, because he is a guardian, guide and mentor to so many, he inspires loyalty and is a figure of respect, he leads at Hogwarts, where young witches and wizards first learn what it means to become a responsible and knowledgeable member of their society, and he truly represents all that is good and honorable in the wizarding world.

The Hierophant card represents the belief of the group rather than personal beliefs and it stands for the socialization of an individual into a group. Therefore the Hierophant is often the figure of a teacher or a mentor, who helps the idividual fit into the group or into society, by teachig them skills and knowledge, but also appropriate behaviors, norms and ethics.

When you draw it, it may mean that you have to examine your beliefs with respect to what others around you believe, that perhaps you should seek the guidance of a teacher or that you may be called on to mentor and help others.

I'd like to dedicate this card to :iconsempraseverus: who draws the coolest Gambon/Dumbledore I've seen so far and who convinced me to go with Gambon rather than Harris, which I am now really happy about.

Update: submitted to :iconfatgirlstock: for her tarot contest.
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Is this deck still available for purchase? I am so sorry if you get asked this all the time. I tried to look for a FAQ but could not find one.

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Thank you so much for getting in touch! While the HP Tarot unfortunately is not available commercially I found a printing service that can print the cards for me on heavy, satinated cardstock that's as good as any regular deck (330 gsm). The cards measure 7 x 12 cm and come with a signed cover card in a black velvet pouch.

Because the printing is a one-off, I have to ask $55 for a cut deck of 78 cards. Shipping is $7 US and $25 everywhere else, both with a tracking number.

If you are interested, please send $62 or $80 depending where you live to my PayPal account at and make sure to include your shipping address in the notes.

Also if you have a Hogwarts house preference, please let me know. I'll include a note card with the founder of your favorite house as a little gift.

All the best, Elly

PS.: I am currently out of town so it will take me about a week to pack and ship your Tarot deck if you decide to order one

Thank you for getting back to me! I am so happy that you still have them available in some way! I will be contacting you through PayPal shortly. Please take as long as you need to send it!

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Thank you! Just wanted to let you know the transaction came through, and I will pack and ship your deck around next weekend. I'll be in touch again with the tracking number. Thank you for your patience!

How would I be able to purchase this deck?

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Thanks, I just sent you a note about it.
madhouse7207's avatar
Oh...these are amazing...I want the deck so bad!!
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! I loved this project.
Aishathel's avatar
Amazing parallelism btw meaning and image. Superb.
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! He was one of the cards where it seemed easy to make the books reveal an instance of the old symbolism.
ravenlilly's avatar
Im just amazed how much detail you put into your work, its just minute, i adore it!
Im so glad i found your page!
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! The cards were such a cool project.
pootoo's avatar
I am always impressed by detail, and accurate detail even impresses me more, the wings on the owl and the texture of the glass windows behind him, the whole thing.. wow, you impressed me once again ;)
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you so much! This is one of my personal faves among the Major Arcana...
SophieValentine's avatar
Ah, I missed a card. Oh well, it was spectacular, I just didn't feel like repeating myself.

Only...I had to comment on this one - I love that owl. I dont know what it is, but it just screams "LOOK AT ME!"

I mean, dumbledore is well drawn, but there is something hypnotic about that owl...
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you, I just knew I needed to have the lectern in there...
rachelab74's avatar
It looks just like him!!! Great job on this Elly, I have to say this is probably my fave as well!! :clap:
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! So glad you like him!
BrindleLady's avatar
While I am not a Gambon Dumbledore fan, I too have made my peace with the new and flawed Dumbledore - particularly as the books grow darker. You have captured Sir Michael and his subtle wickedness with stunning accuracy. Excellent work!
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! I am glad it still works for you.
BrindleLady's avatar
I totally love your work. This tarot set is magnificent!
UniquelyYours's avatar
Great action and detail! I really like this one :)
Ellygator's avatar
Thanks so much! I really enjoyed drawing him.
dbrockwas's avatar
how did you do that frame thing it looks like you used black color on a multiply layer.... is that what you did or what was it...^^;
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